The Five: Tom and Jerry
Joseph Barbera returning to Tom and Jerry to direct a brand new short got me thinking about all my favorite episodes of Tom and Jerry from the past. The famous duo starred in a ton of cartoons together, so I had to leave a few out. At any rate, here's five of my faves, friends. Grab a stick of dynamite and join in the fun:
- The Mouse From H.U.N.G.E.R. - This episode took a very basic Tom and Jerry plot (Jerry tries to steal cheese, Tom tries to stop him) and jazzed it up with lots of awesome spy gear and a heavy, ominous soundtrack. As you can guess, the title comes from MGM's popular show The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
- Pecos Pest - In this episode, Jerry's uncle, a famous country singer, comes to visit him and plays "Froggy's Gone A Courtin'"over and over again on his guitar.The problem is, Uncle Pecos' guitar strings keep snapping, and he keeps plucking Tom's whiskers to use as replacements. Jerry has to constantly save his oblivious uncle from Tom's wrath.
- The Two Mouseketeers - En garde, Moussier Pussycat! Jerry and his fellow mouse friend (who is either called "Tuffy" or "Nibbles" depending on who you ask) turn a banquet table into a swashbuckling battleground as they fight against Tom.
- The Vanishing Duck - Some of the best Tom and Jerry cartoons featured Little Quacker, a precocious little duck with a voice that was clearly supposed to emulate Donald Duck but sounded more like a five-year-old girl smoking cigarettes and inhaling helium. In this episode, Little Quacker tries to delight Tom with his a capella rendition of "Good Morning To You" before later discovering a jar of vanishing cream along with Jerry. The two put it to good use until the end when Tom finds out and gets his revenge.
- Mouse Trouble - Tom finds a book on how to catch mice, but it turns out not to be much help.
The best part of the cartoon comes when Tom sends a wind-up female mouse to lure Jerry out. The mechanical critter pops
and hiccups, spouting the line "Come over and see me sometime" over and over in a sultry Mae West voice. The
robot tries to lure Jerry into a hotel which is actually Tom's open mouth. This short won an Academy Award in 1944.